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Former NOTW editor Andy Coulson in the witness box

The former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has gone into the witness box to defend himself against allegations of conspiracies to hack phones and pay public officials for stories.

Coulson followed co-defendant Rebekah Brooks as editor of the now-defunct Sunday tabloid between 2003 and 2007.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London, Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In 2002, while Brooks was on holiday, Coulson, then her deputy, was in charge when murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone was hacked, the Old Bailey trial has heard.

The 46-year-old former Downing Street media adviser denies one count of conspiring with Brooks, former managing editor Stuart Kuttner and others to hack phones between 2000 and 2006 as well of two counts of conspiring with Goodman and others to commit misconduct in a public office.

Heartbleed hackers could target 'unpatched systems'

The US Government have warned that hackers are attempting to exploit the 'Heartbleed' bug by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable, saying they could now "exploit unpatched systems".

Read more: 'Change every password' warning over Heartbleed bug

An illustrated picture shows source code of a computer. Credit: Sebastian Kahnert/DPA

Larry Zelvin, a Department of Homeland Security official who runs an agency centre that monitors and responds to emerging cyber threats said on his White House blog:

"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems."

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Coulson 'set up payments' on phone hacking

Former editor Andy Coulson "set up the payments to facilitate" phone hacking at the News of the World, it was claimed in court today by former royal editor Clive Goodman, who made the accusation against his old boss.

Clive Goodman, former royal editor of the News of the World.
Clive Goodman pictured today outside of court. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Goodman later described that he felt he was being "hung out to dry" after his arrest.

In a meeting with Coulson at a cafe in Wimbledon, south west London, he said his boss allegedly tried again to convince him to admit he was a "lone wolf" and had "gone off the reservation".

100 firms and individuals on 'blue-chip hacking' list

The names of around 100 firms and individuals who allegedly used corrupt private investigators was handed from Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). Soca has come in for criticism over the way it has dealt with the case sparking a row over transparency.

In a letter to the Home Affairs select committee information Commissioner Christopher Graham wrote: "The documentary evidence we hold in relation to these clients is considered significant, and this gives us the best opportunity of instigating criminal proceedings."

The "blue-chip hacking" list was drawn up at the request of the committee and relates to Soca's Operation Millipede, which led to the conviction of the private detectives jailed for fraud in 2012.

Data watchdog to call for FBI investigation of hacking

Britain's data watchdog is poised to call in the FBI to investigate the so-called blue chip hacking scandal, it has been reported.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has told MPs he will contact United States authorities after finding a number of companies contracted private investigators in the UK to hack, blag and steal sensitive data, according to the Independent.

Information Commissioner is to contact the US. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Mr Graham has also revealed that "Demand for Access" notices are being prepared so investigators can get at further evidence from the 11 clients in Britain.

They hired four private detectives jailed two years ago after accessing bank account and mortgage details, medical records and information from the Police National Computer, it added.

Hackers claim 'denial of service' attack on Dropbox

A hacking group who claimed to have compromised the Dropbox website is reported to have disrupted the file-sharing site with a 'denial-of-service' cyber attack.

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@1775sec You only DDoS attacked them! You didn't breach the database! Why say otherwise!

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Read: Hackers claim responsibility for Dropbox site outage

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Hackers claim responsibility for Dropbox site outage

The hacker group 1775 Sec have said that they have compromised the Dropbox website. According to Dropbox, the website outage occurred during "routine internal maintenance".

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@dropbox We are giving you time to fix your websites vulnerability. If it's not fixed expect a Database leak!

Sunday Mirror probe follows employee arrests

Former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver, who worked at the paper between 2001 and 2012, was arrested in a dawn raid as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Weeting inquiry into phone hacking in March.

Today the publisher of the Sunday Mirror, MGN Limited, has said it is being investigated for alleged phone hacking by ex-employees. Police are looking at whether it is criminally liable for alleged unlawful conduct

Former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver. Credit: Press Association

Ms Weaver, who was heavily pregnant at the time of her arrest, was held with former deputy editor of the newspaper Mark Thomas, current People editor James Scott and deputy editor Nick Buckley. All four were released on bail.

Trinity's Mirror's announcement comes after former Sunday Mirror and News of the World journalist Dan Evans was last week charged with phone-hacking offences.

He is accused of two counts of conspiring with others to intercept communications in their transmission, one of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and one of perverting the course of justice.

Trinity Mirror 'does not accept wrongdoing'

Trinity Mirror has released a statement following the announcement its subsidiary - MGN Limited - which publishes its national newspapers, is under investigation in relation to alleged phone hacking by its former employees. The investigation is said to be in its "early stages".

The group does not accept wrongdoing within its business and takes these allegations seriously.

It is too soon to know how these matters will progress and further updates will be made if there are any significant developments.

– Trinity Mirror spokesperson
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